Batista, Mets blank RedsSep 29, 2011 - 3:06 AM
The 40-year-old Batista (5-2) walked two and struck out five for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 2011 with a 77-85 record.
"I do think there is a lot of reason for optimism," said New York third baseman David Wright.
Edinson Volquez (5-7) gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings for Cincinnati, which posted a 79-83 mark one year after capturing the NL Central title.
"[Volquez] threw the ball well enough to win," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Looking to become the first batting champion in Mets history, Jose Reyes was taken out after a bunt single in the first. The hit raised Reyes' average to .337. His closest competition, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, went 0-for-4 Wednesday night and wound up with a .332 average.
Nick Evans put New York on the board with an RBI single in the fourth. Mike Baxter extended the lead with his first major league home run, a two-out, two- run blast to right-center in the sixth.
The Reds were vying for their first three-game sweep in Flushing since April 13-15, 2001...Batista recorded his 11th career complete game...Edgar Renteria and Chris Heisey notched the hits for Cincinnati.
- CINCINNATI: 0
NEW YORK: 3
Sep 28 3:26 PM
- Mike Baxter two-out, two-run Home Run (1) to right center scored Josh Satin. Ronny Paulino due up.
Reds 0, Mets 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsSep 28 2:48 PM
- Nick Evans singled to center scored Willie Harris. On the play, Josh Satin advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Mike Baxter due up.
Reds 0, Mets 1 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 28 2:13 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 28 1:12 PM
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